Health + Community Development
Areas of Focus
- Connecting Health and Housing: The quality and safety of housing is a key social determinant of health, so PACDC pursues productive partnerships between health and housing providers to increase the availability of healthy homes.
- Trainings & Knowledge Sharing: Cross-sector education is critical to raising awareness of the benefits of potential partnerships and how to realize them. We will work to create opportunities to break down silos of communication and encourage partnerships to address a range of community development and health needs.
- Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNAs): Non-profit hospitals are required by the Affordable Care Act to do CHNAs every three years, which are data-driven plans, guided by community input, on how hospitals will address community health. As trusted caretakers for Philadelphia’s neighborhoods, CDCs are an invaluable resource to provide feedback and engage community residents. PACDC works to ensure that health systems benefit from this network and its deep knowledge of their neighborhoods.
- Partnership Opportunities: Dialogue is important, but work on the ground is what really counts. PACDC pursues opportunities for partnerships between our members and health providers that can make real improvements to communities.